The 8 day, striking and repeating movement is of typical high quality, striking the hours and halves on a gong, having a fine, English lever escapement with temperature-compensated, bi-metallic balance, blued steel hairspring and gold timing screws, the backplate stamped with the Drocourt logo and numbered 11334.
C.1880 Height: 7″ / 18cm
The gilt, canallee case is of outstanding quality and its beautiful, well defined engraving has retained a remarkable sharpness throughout. The side panels and dial are of porcelain, the bevel edged top glass has a highly decorative mask, a ‘one-way’ folding handle and a repeat button to the front.
The panels are exquisitely painted in vibrant colours and depict a charming tale of young love. To the dial, a rural scene where we witness the kind act of a young peasant girl donating a coin to a crestfallen, destitute child.
Resplendent in his silken breeches, his attempts to woo her continue as seen in the left hand panel where his persistence will be rewarded if she accepts his gift of two turtle doves, the ancient symbol of eternal love.
The dial centre bears the retailer’s name:
J . HEROS
10 RUE DE LA PAIX 10
Rue de la Paix is a fashionable shopping esplanade in the heart of Paris. It dates from the early 19thc. and has been known for its exclusive jewellery establishments since its inception.
Pierre Drocourt and his son Alfred were amongst the finest French carriage clock makers of the late 19th century. They made complicated carriage clocks as well as ornate ones and were highly awarded at the Great Exhibitions in both Paris and London.